Keep Mould Off Your Boat: Here's How

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Mould can be a particularly nasty spore. Unfortunately for boat owners, mould on your boat is a reality that you're going to have to deal with on an ongoing basis. The humidity of the marine environment, and the warm Australian temperatures combine to make your boat a breeding ground for mould.

When mould is left unchecked, It can grow into a big problem for your health and for your boat. This means that, when you spot mould on your vessel, you need to act fast.

But what should you do? How do you get rid of mould on your boat, and how do you keep it from damaging your vessel? In this blog, will share step-by-step tips for getting rid of mould on your boat.

How To Prolong The Life Of Your Boat By Preventing Mould


The easiest way to keep mould away is to prevent it from developing in the first place. 

To prevent mould or mildew from growing on your boat, it's important to clean your boat regularly. With all surfaces, including the interior and the deck, thoroughly cleaned, apply a mould and mildew cleaning solution. With the specialised cleaner applied, give your boat a good scrub down and then allow it to dry completely. Cleaning your boat regularly is the best way to prevent mould and mildew from overtaking your vessel. It is especially important to do this if you're going to be closing up your boat, or storing it for any amount of time.

Mould Eradication

Sometimes, it's just a little bit too late to try to prevent mould and you find your boat overrun with mould and mildew. If you've already got a mould problem, here is how to deal with it:

Step 1: Wear Protective Clothing

Mould is bad for your boat and it's bad for you. When you remove mould from your boat (or from anywhere else), it's important to wear the proper safety gear. Be sure to wear a respiratory mask to prevent the inhalation of mould spores and rubber gloves to protect your hands. 

Step 2:Mould Removal

Once you start to notice mould or mildew starting to develop on your vessel, it's important to act quickly. Mould spore can multiply quickly, which means that, if left for too long, the mould will creep all over your vessel. It eats away at all of the services it grows on and leaves your boat prone to damage.

Step 3: Clean The Affected Area

Once you've successfully removed the mould and mildew from every surface of your vessel, the next step is to thoroughly wash the area with soap and water. Use a small, bristly brush to clean so that you can ensure that you've gotten into all of your boat's nooks and crannies. 

Once you're washed all of the affected surfaces with soap and water, rinse the area with clean, fresh water.

Step 4: Apply a Mould Remover

Once you've washed your boat with soap and water, you will find that some mould spots linger. To properly eradicate all traces of mould, scrub your vessel with a mould remover that has been engineered for use on boats. This step is important as it will prevent the mould from returning.

If you're concerned about delicate fabrics, a chlorine-free substitute can be used to ensure that nothing is damaged.

Mould can be bad news for boats. Even the above procedure does not guarantee that you will be able to get rid of all of the mould on your vessel, and it doesn't guarantee that damage will be completely mitigated. By far, the best way to ensure that your vessel doesn't fall victim to mould, is to keep it properly maintained.

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If you struggle with mould prevention, TR Marine Services can help. We offer ongoing servicing and maintenance packages which can be perfectly tailored to meet the needs of your boat and your lifestyle. Many boat owners don't have the time necessary to stick to a cleaning and maintenance schedule for their boat and that's where TR Marine Services steps in and helps. For more information on the maintenance and boat detailing services that we offer, contact us now.